Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.)

Curriculum & Instruction Concentration

Online 57 major credits * 3 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online program

3 year completion time

Develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings

Focus on the development of leadership skills


Designed for the teaching practitioner, instructional coach, lead teacher, and others who wish to work in educational leadership capacities related to curriculum development or assessment.

What You Learn

The Doctorate in Education program is designed for those individuals who have completed master’s and/or Ed.S. degrees and who wish to extend their research expertise. Candidates will develop advanced skills in analyzing theory and research findings for application in a variety of educational settings, and they will also develop skills for conducting original research. In addition, candidates will focus on the development of leadership skills required for implementation of research-based change strategies. Candidates complete a series of courses and a qualifying exam prior to proceeding to the research component of the program. Candidates complete a series of courses that lead to the development of the research proposal and dissertation, the capstone research experience for the program. All research project proposals must conform to the policies and procedures of the Institutional Review Board of the Graduate Committee.

Program Format:

This is an online program; the student will log in regularly to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, the student will finish one 3 credit course every 8 weeks. During the summer, the student will complete up to four courses. Following this schedule, it is possible to complete the program in approxi­mately 3 years, but you may choose to complete the program over a longer time frame. The Ed.D. programs require three semesters of consecutive enrollment to satisfy residency requirements. All coursework must be completed within 7 years from full admission to the program.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.

Degree Requirements

EDUC 638Foundations of Leadership3
EDUC 671Curriculum and Instruction Strategies3
EDUC 721Educational Leadership Theory and Policy Analysis3
EDUC 740The Teacher as Leader3
EDUC 751Quantitative and Qualitative Research Design3
EDUC 672Evaluation for Continuous Improvement3
EDUC 741Diversity and Exceptionality Practice and Theory3
ELECTIVEAdditional coursework in a Cognate Area3
EDUC 722Organizational Leadership3
EDUC 637Topics in Content Field3
EDUC 720Ethical, Social, and Spiritual Leadership Principles3
EDUC 750Mentored Residency3
ELECTIVEAdditional coursework in a Cognate Area3
EDUC 752Critical Analysis and Research Design3
EDUC 753Professional Composition Studies3
EDUC 754Dissertation12
EDUC-ANRVWAnnual Review0
EDUC-CMPEXComprehensive Exam0
 Total for Degree:57
Please Note:

The degree requirements listed above are tentative and are subject to change.